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Santavenere Hotel
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Hotel Santavenere beach photo

ABOVE: For light exercise, try armwrestling on the Santavenere Hotel's beachside terrace.

Fitness and recreation

Swimming. The Santavenere Hotel has a large outdoor pool with an unusual design: The main area of the pool is surrounded by a shallower pool that can be used for wading or soaking.

Nearby, steps and a zigzag footpath with railings lead down to a beach, sun terrace, and restaurant-bar. (See photo above.)

Spa and Fitness Area. The hotel has a well-equipped spa with a beauty parlor, treatment rooms, a Turkish bath, and a large indoor Jacuzzi pool. Services range from athletic massages to electrolysis, so bodybuilders can get their aches cured and the hair taken off their chests without leaving the premises.

The fitness area has computerized aerobic machines and multifunction weight-training equipment, with a trainer available to show how everything works. Use of the fitness area, Turkish bath, and Jacuzzi is free to hotel guests. (TIP: Even if you'd rather eat breakfast pastries than work out, visit the spa to admire the faux Roman mosaic floor.)

Activities. Guests at the Santavenere can take free courses in bicycling, kayaking, tennis, and diving. Extra-cost sports activities include horseback riding, scuba diving, waterskiing, and hang gliding. (Some courses are off the premises; ask the hotel receptionist for details.)

Excursions. The Santavenere Hotel and its sister hotels, the Locanda delle Donne Monache and the Grand Hotel Pianeta Maratea, offer half- and full-day excursions to nearby places of interest by bus and boat. See the excursions section of my Maratea article for more information on things to see in the area (whether through the hotel or on your own).

Page 6 - Booking info and Web links

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Location, layout Fitness, recreation
Rooms, suites Booking info, links

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